Officer Buckle and Gloria Literacy Unit for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL



Total Pages 31 pages plus 16 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 1 Week


Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman is the focus of this literacy unit for students with autism and special learning needs. This book was the Caldecott Medal Winner in 1996. This 31 page unit on Officer Buckle and Gloria is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.

This is a story about a police officer who makes lots of safety rules, but it is his sidekick, Gloria, who makes the kids sit up and listen.

****There are digital versions of the activities included. There are 16 google slides including a differentiated set and a movie of the book read aloud. SEE THE VIDEO PREVIEW FOR A WALK-THROUGH OF THE SLIDES.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


Officer Buckle and Gloria Unit Includes:

  • Storyboard
  • Circle map on being safe (includes digital version)
  • Coloring in actions that are and are not safe (includes digital version)
  • Matching where dogs do their job (includes digital version)
  • Sequence a set of numbered safety rules (includes digital version)
  • Sorting things you can do alone or needs help (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt: Writing your own thank you note (includes digital version)
  • 16 google slides


There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting but also for exposing them to age-appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future.

I also have a blog post on reading to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class